Health Watch -- Early Intervention: Heart Attack

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This week on Health Watch, we've been talking about early interventions that can make a big difference in your medical outcome. When it comes to heart attacks, early intervention can mean the difference between life and death.

Dr. James Atkins, a cardiologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, says the faster you recognize the symptoms of a heart attack and get treatment, the greater your chances for survival are. Symptoms include tightness or pain in the chest and pain that radiates down the left arm or into the jaw. If you recognize these symptoms, call 911. Don't have someone drive you to the hospital. Paramedics can begin treatment as soon as they get to you, and your chances for survival are better if you're taken to the hospital in an ambulance.


April 2006

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